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Made by: Unknown

On view in: Icon Room

About this object

The entire kovsh is gilded. The handle has a relief decoration of formal leaf motifs, the cleft crown and in the center an oval medallion with the monogram of Empress Elizabeth I (Elizaveta Petrovna). Opposite is a bust of her in profile. On the opposite end is an ornament with the Imperial double headed eagle. In the bottom is a fine repoussé medallion also with the Imperial double headed eagle with St. George and the Dragon on his breast. Around the shield are thirteen small medallions, each with a Russian letter. The frame to the large medallion, also, in relief is composed of leaves. Around the outside is engraved an inscription in early Russian; it is divided into five portions, each one in a rococo frame: "By the grace of God, We, Elizaveta the First, Empress and Autocrat of all Russia, etc., etc., etc., granted this kovsh to Kazem Sidorov, starshina of the Don Host and ataman of Lekhkaia Stanitsa, for his many services, in Moscow, the 14th? day of September of the year 1751." On the front is engraved the bust of Elizabeth in a rococo frame.

Object name:
Made from:
Silver gilt
Made in:
Moscow, Russia
Date made:
27.9 × 16.2 cm (11 × 6 3/8 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
MARK; INSCRIPTION Marks: 1) AK 1751 for tester Anisim Kuz'min, 1741-52 (P-L #2077); 2) IaS for unknown master; 3) ET for French import mark?
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973